Based on John Hattie’s research into Visible Learning, Guy Claxton suggests creating a learning environment that doesn’t only show finished pieces of learning, but the learning process as well. He refers to this as “the guts of learning”. Doing this develops a positive attitude to making, learning from and building on mistakes. It also shows that you don’t only value the finished product, but the process of learning as well. Worked examples, like Ron Berger’s “Austin’s Butterfly” bring to life the process of learning and revising for children. If you haven’t already seen it, it’s well worth its 6 minute’s worth! At St Bernard’s school, in Ellesmere Port, they have an example of Austin’s Butterfly on their hall displays. You could also do this will children’s learning. There is an example of a part of such a display on the page on “Ownership“.
The learning environment can also be used to expand on and explore learning muscles, embed challenge and celebrate learning from mistakes (and anything other learning habits you would like your children to develop!)
It’s only been in the last year that I feel I’ve really started to capitalise on and build my learning environment to support the process of children’s learning. Here are a few ideas I’ve used in my classroom over the past few years (many of which are “magpied” from other teachers!)